abstract expressionism

noun, often capitalized A&E

Definition of abstract expressionism

: an artistic movement of the mid-20th century comprising diverse styles and techniques and emphasizing especially an artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions through nontraditional and usually nonrepresentational means

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abstract expressionist noun or adjective, often capitalized A&E

Examples of abstract expressionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Far from a realist, Martin combines graffiti’s childlike directness with abstract expressionism’s spontaneity. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life," 1 Jan. 2021 The two earliest works here, which include the show’s namesake, are gestural in the manner of abstract expressionism. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA," 20 Nov. 2020 Yet Keravuori is indebted to abstract expressionism, which extolled the spontaneous and the immediate. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA," 20 Nov. 2020 Harold Garde is a 97-year-old Central Florida artist, one of the last surviving members of the New York school of abstract expressionism. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Arts highlights: ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Fringe gender show, 97-year-old artist," 2 Nov. 2020 Now 92, painter Lois Dodd was contrarian in post-war New York in the 1940s, creating crisp representational work in defiance of the then prevailing winds of abstract expressionism. oregonlive, "9 Portland exhibits invite you to immerse yourself in art: 2020 fall arts guide," 21 Sep. 2020 Lots has happened since Rodin’s day, from cubism to Dada, abstract expressionism, and conceptual art to our time, when there’s something of an Old Master revival augmented by huge changes in the technology of art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Timely Reminder in Dallas: Great Art Is Thrilling to Look At," 29 Aug. 2020 Even in the late 1960s, academics, critics, dealers, artists, and collectors looked at abstract expressionism with awe for three reasons. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Actually, Iconic Documentary: An Absorbing Hour with Richard Estes," 22 Aug. 2020 Clyfford Still Museum is now open to members in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, showcasing that artist’s abstract expressionism. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado museums and cultural institutions that you can currently visit in person," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of abstract expressionism

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Abstract expressionism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abstract%20expressionism. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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